July 26, 2014
This little Mill Creek Pack wolf was another casualty of the war on wolves.
UPDATE: October 16, 2012
I posted this story in October 2009 about an amazing little Mill Creek Pack wolf, who traveled 1000 miles from her home in Montana to a lonely hillside in Colorado, called “No Name Ridge”, where her bones were found.
Her death has been under investigation by USFWS all this time.
Finally, after almost two years, it was announced she was poisoned by the deadly compound 1080. It is one of the horrific poisons Wildlife Services uses in its arsenal to kill our wildlife.
The organization Predator Defense has been trying for years to ban this deadly compound along with Sodium Cyanide, used in M-44s. So far they have been unsuccessful in their bid to do so. Maybe now people will wake up and realize they must pressure Congress to ban these deadly poisons FOREVER.
Apparently Compound 1080 is banned in Colorado, which would make 314f’s death an illegal killing.
This is a sad day for me to learn how the little 20 month old 314f died. Her epic journey to Colorado, ended in an agonizing death at the hand of Compound 1080.
Wildlife investigators: Poison killed Colorado wolf
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a gray wolf that strayed from the Yellowstone region into Colorado where it died in 2009 was killed by the poison Compound 1080.
The substance, also known as sodium fluoroacetate, is found in collars used to protect sheep and goats from coyotes.
Gray wolves are considered endangered in Colorado. At least two that wandered from the Yellowstone area have been spotted in the state
The wolf that died was a female from Montana’s Mill Creek pack and was collared as part of an effort to improve wolf-monitoring techniques. Her tracking collar indicated she broke from her pack and wandered about 1,000 miles to Colorado, to Eagle County.
The Amazing Journey and Sad End of Wolf 314f
She traveled through five states, her GPS collar registering 1000 miles. This young Mill Creek Pack wolf left her Montana home in September 08 and arrived in Colorado in February 09. Her epic journey was long and precarious. She was tracked through Yellowstone National Park, western Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, southeastern Idaho , northeastern Utah, finally arriving in Eagle County, Colorado.
Her journey ended in February 09 on a lonely hillside in Colorado called “No Name Ridge, where her bones were found. Nobody is saying how she died. The investigation into her death is ongoing.
314F’s life and death reinforces the argument wolves need ESA protection, especially when they’re dispersing in search of other wolves or a mate. They’re under constant pressure from the SSS mentality, which makes this young wolf’s journey so incredible.
Against all odds, this twenty month old wolf showed the world what wolves are made of. I hope Wildlife officials discover how she met her end. If she died by human hands this person or persons should be prosecuted!
Lonely Lady Wolf Looks For Love in All The Wrong Places
Rocky Mountain News
By Berny Morson
Published February 25, 2009 at 3:09 p.m.
Call it the power of love.
A female wolf has wandered more than 1,000 miles through five states in search of a mate and is now in Colorado’s Eagle County, wildlife officials in Colorado and Montana said Wednesday.
The wolf, known only as 314F, set off on her lonely quest in September when, for reasons unknown, she became unhappy with the male prospects among the pack of seven animals she was born into 20 months earlier.
Since then, 314F has followed her heart from the Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone National Park through Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. She has trotted past areas where other wolf packs are known to live toward a state that has not had a wolf population for 60 years.
Montana officials follow her progress with a global positioning device on a collar that was fitted to her neck in July.
“Basically, what she’s doing is, she’s wandering around looking to see if there’s other wolves around,” said Carolyn Sime, wolf program coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Her prospects here are not good. The last confirmed wolf sighting in Colorado was a male who made his way from Yellowstone in 2004. But he was killed on Interstate 70 near Idaho Springs before anyone knew he was here.
Colorado Division of Wildlife biologist Shane Briggs said that when wolf packs get too large, some animals leave in search of a mate with whom to start a new pack in a different area, Briggs said. That’s how the species increases its range, he said.
Before the 2004 sighting, wolves were considered extinct in Colorado. The last confirmed one had been killed in 1943.
Wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park in 1995.
Wolf 314F lies under anesthesia after being fitted with a GPS collar on July 1, 2008. The collar has tracked the wolf on an epic journey from Montana to Colorado. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks photo
Suspicion Surrounds Colorado Wolf Death
Did the epic journey of Wolf 341F from Montana to Colorado end at the hands of a human? Officials aren’t saying.
By David Frey, 9-27-09
A wolf that wandered from Montana and died in Colorado earlier this year met its end on a hillside about 24 miles north of Rifle, according to government documents obtained by an environmental organization.
Federal wildlife law enforcement officers continue to investigate the death of a Montana wolf that wandered from Montana and died in Colorado, nearly after a year after the wolf’s carcass was collected, raising speculation that the wolf was killed by a human.
“It’s a good question, but I’m not going to answer it,” says George Morrison, Colorado senior wildlife agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Morrison confirmed the examination of the body, called a necropsy, had been completed, but he said the results would be closed to the public until agents complete their investigation.
“It could be two weeks or as long as a year,” he says. “It’s important to us not to impede the investigation.”
Wildlife officials have refused to divulge specifics about the wolf’s condition or its final whereabouts. But Rob Edward, carnivore recovery director for WildEarth Guardians, said he discovered its final location through an open-records request seeking information about wolves in Colorado. The documents showed the last location of the wolf to be about 24 miles north of the Western Slope town of Rifle, less than two miles west of Highway 13.
“I have believed for the last couple of months that they definitely have a law enforcement angle on this,” Edward said. “Otherwise they would tell you that it died of natural causes.”
Intentionally killing a wolf in Colorado would be a violation of the Endangered Species Act and state statutes that protect endangered species.
Edward described the site as “within rifle distance of a road.” Maps show the location to be what appears to be a scrub-covered hillside in an area known as No Name Ridge, apparently on Bureau of Land Management land just north of a dirt road called Thirteenmile Road.
“That’s the way the wolves from the Northern Rockies are going to come,” Edward said. “What we have to work on is making those lands safer.”
Known as wolf 341F, the 18-month-old female made headlines for making a 1,000-mile journey from the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park to Colorado. Biologists tracked her movements using a GPS unit in a collar fitted to her neck.
Researchers said she was a member of the Mill Creek pack and wandered from the pack’s location between towns of Gardiner and Livingston, Mont., in search of a mate.
She left her pack in September 2008 and took a meandering path through Wyoming, Idaho and Utah to Eagle County. She crossed back into Wyoming, then back into western Colorado where her collar showed she stopped moving. Biologists responded and gathered her carcass to perform a necropsy.
Native wolf populations in Colorado were wiped out by the late 1930s. The last record of a native wolf killed in Colorado was in 1943. In June 2004, a radio-collared wolf from Yellowstone was found killed by a passing motorist on Interstate 70 near Idaho Springs. In 2007, video footage captured an apparent wolf near Walden.
Officials say among Northern Rockies wolves, 26 out of every 100 wolves are killed, almost all of them shot by animal control officers or poachers. Among lone-dispersing wolves like this one, most are hit by cars or illegally killed.
State law does not call for wolf reintroduction, but it does protect wolves that wander into Colorado.
For wolf reintroduction advocates, this wolf’s death highlights a need for more protections.
“They’re not going to come down here and repopulate the area on their own,” Edward said, “especially if they meet that kind of fate.”
* It’s been reported that wolf 314F’s number is actually 341F but since she is so well-known as 314F, I didn’t make any changes.